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Humanist Archives: Oct. 29, 2019, 6:59 a.m. Humanist 33.357 - what we're not ready for

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 357.
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        Date: 2019-10-28 10:19:39+00:00
        From: Bill Benzon 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.352: what we're not ready for

Comments below.


> --[2]------------------------------------------------------------------------
>        Date: 2019-10-27 06:57:51+00:00
>        From: Tim Smithers 
>        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.346: what we're not ready for
> Dear Bill,
> I'll retreat from a conversation I should perhaps not have
> stepped into, but before I go I must make two apologies; one
> for a transgression; the other for a fault.
> I am sorry for saying your work is of no consequence and a
> waste of time.  This I most certainly did not mean to do.

Thanks, Tim.

> I also apologise for not being able to see where, in what I
> wrote, I said this.  Fault enough, probably, to disqualify me
> from conversations about literary matters.

Think of it from my point of view, Tim. Your comment was addressed to Jim as
well as to me. Jim obviously had not read the paper and there was nothing in
your comment that responded directly to my paper, so it was natural enough for
me to assume you hadn't read it either. For all I knew, you hadn't even read
my original comment and were simply responding to what you saw as an ongoing
conversation. As far as I could tell, my work simply had no place in the
conversation as it seemed to be developing.

Well, I'm used to that. I don't like it, of course, but there isn't much I
can do about it.

> I did spend a long night reading your "Literary Morphology:
> Nine Propositions in a Naturalist Theory of Form" though, and
> before I dared to step in to your conversation with Jim.  I
> found it to be an impressive illustration of the elastic use
> of the notions of form and computation.

LOL! (I assume "elastic" is an allusion to the paper itself). Again, thanks,


Bill B

Bill Benzon





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